Published on : Saturday, June 5, 2021
Jet2 has decided to push back a planned restart of operations in the wake of the latest changes to government travel regulations. Officials have removed Portugal from the green list of safe destinations, leaving Israel as the only major country considered suitable for British travellers.
In response, leisure airline Jet2 said it would delay its return July 1, having initially hoping to resume activities later this month. The new date excludes the Jersey programme, which will restart on June 24. In addition, because Turkey currently remains on the red list, the carrier has taken the decision to restart flights and holidays to the country only July 22.
Steve Heapy, Chief Executive, Jet2 said in a statement that the UK government has repeatedly stated that it is making decisions based on infection and vaccination rates, yet many destinations continue to be left off the green list despite having low infection rates and high vaccination rates.
He mentioned it is difficult to understand why more destinations across Europe, the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands are not allowed to open to UK holidaymakers. He also shared that the company is now calling for complete openness and transparency when it comes to the data, so that customers and the industry can really understand what is driving these decisions.
He also agreed that public health must be the number one priority and added that despite all the evidence and data showing that travel can restart safely and at scale, the UK continues to remain largely grounded whilst the rest of Europe opens up.